ACC Regular Season Championship Odds

  • BetOnline favors Duke (+250) to win its first ACC regular-season title in a full decade
  • Virginia (+300) will be hard-pressed to repeat last season’s success after losing their three-top scorers
  • Louisville (+400) and Nigerian star Jordan Nwora are picking up a lot of offseason hype 

Duke may be a college basketball behemoth with a steady pipeline to the best high-school talent in the country, but they’re no sure thing to win the Atlantic Coast Conference’s regular-season championship.

In fact, the Blue Devils haven’t accomplished that feat since 2009-10, despite winning three ACC tournament titles and a national championship in the nine years since.

Let’s review the odds to win the 2020 ACC regular-season championship at BetOnline and pick a winner.

ODDS TO WIN THE ACC

Team Odds
Duke +250
Virginia +300
Louisville +400
North Carolina +600
Florida State +1400
Syracuse +1600
NC State +2000
Virginia Tech +2500
Clemson +2500
Boston College +5000
Georgia Tech +5000
Miami FL +5000
Notre Dame +5000
Wake Forest +5000
Pittsburgh +10000

THE FAVORITE: DUKE BLUE DEVILS

This week’s news that Duke landed its third five-star prospect for the 2020 season is yet another reminder that Mike Krzyzewski never stops hustling.

After enjoying Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett last year, Coach K’s freshman class this season includes a pair of five-star frontcourt recruits (Vernon Carey Jr. and Matthew Hurt) and two top-40 prospects on the wing (Wendell Moore and Cassius Stanley, who just broke Zion’s max vertical leap record).

Carey Jr., the No. 5 player nationally, has an NBA-ready physique (6-foot-10-inch, 270 pounds) and tons of offensive potential. While he dominates down low, sophomore point guard Tre Jones will add a steady presence in the backcourt.

THE CHAMPS: VIRGINIA CAVALIERS

The Cavaliers have won four regular-season ACC championships in the past six years, including last year when they also happened to win the national title.

The problem is that all three of Virginia’s leading scorers (De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy) left for the NBA after accounting for 118 of the Cavaliers’ 147 points in the Final Four.

Tony Bennett brought in a highly-regarded recruiting class to join a solid core of returning players (Kihei Clark, Mamadi Diakite, Braxton Key), but it’s hard not to see the team taking a step back.

THE HYPE: LOUISVILLE CARDINALS

After settling a wrongful termination lawsuit with former coach Rick Pitino this week, Louisville is ready to turn the page on the FBI investigation that revealed the school’s involvement in a pay-for-play scheme.

The Cardinals’ next chapter looks like it will be written by junior Jordan Nwora, who won the ACC’s Most Improved Player of the Year award after leading the team with 17.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last year.

Here’s what ESPN College Basketball Analyst Jay Bilas said about the 6-foot-7 Nigerian:

“Jordan Nwora is an incredibly talented player and he can really shoot it and rebounds at his position…. I think you’re going to see a player as a more mature man as a junior and is ready to really take off.”

If Nwora can play himself into the National Player of the Year discussion, the Cardinals might have a shot at the ACC championship.

Steve Dominey

Steve has almost 15 years of experience in marketing, PR and sports television. After acquiring a Journalism degree from Carleton University, he assembled highlight packs for Canada's most-watched sports network (TSN) before transitioning to a career in communications. He describes himself as a good father, great dog owner, and mediocre gambler and husband.